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Join Date: May 2007
Re: Fuel tank range - dash reading???
I once managed to fill the 70 l tank of my 159 with 69.85 l! And that's where the pump stopped itself the first time.
That happened, because I expected that the indicated range didn't include the reserve. So the lesson is: The computer tells the truth!
And I find it perfectly understandable, that the range indication stops at some point. What would happen if it wouldn't do that?: Some people would come home with 10 miles left, not filling up because they think they could drive to their petrol station 6 miles away in the morning. The next morning they start and the engine - being cold - uses of course a lot lot more fuel than last evening, leaving him with a range of maybe 4 miles. There would be a lot of screaming at the dealer the next time. "The computer is rubbish, he lied to me!". I wouldn't need that.
So how are the supposedly exact other cars working? Do they have this "jump" after a restart? If not, that would mean that they're not precise at all, but that they are simple holding back another reserve - meaning: they're are telling 1 mile left, when there are in fact far more.
I prefer the behaviour of the Alfa to that pretended exactness.
(Another case after the "weight comparison" where Alfa gets blamed for being more honest than the others!)